The River Resources Law Clinic is designed to expose students to the broad intersection of litigation, transactional work, policy, advocacy and work with grass-roots organizations. It provides a specialized and unique course of study focused on the local region's natural heritage, practical legal skills and special issues and pitfalls in environmental law. Students in this clinical course will work closely with the Delaware Riverkeeper as well as the senior and staff attorneys of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to provide legal support to environmental professionals and citizens to help effectively protect our environment and communities through compliance with the federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Under the supervision and guidance of the senior and staff attorneys, students will be expected to act as junior staff attorneys -- perform legal research; draft strategy memoranda, pleadings, briefs and other legal documents for timely filing with courts and other government agencies; and write and present comments and testimony before bodies considering proposals that will affect the environment.
Schedule To Be Announced
Additional Time Requirements
This clinical course is based at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, located at 925 Canal Street in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The classroom component is scheduled for Friday mornings and is held at DRN€™s offices. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours each week of the semester of experiential work, classroom learning, or out of class assignments. Although some research work may be permitted to be done elsewhere, students should expect to be on site Friday mornings for seminar and Friday afternoons for part of the work hour commitment. Delaware Riverkeeper Network is located directly across from the Bristol train station (SEPTA R7) and has ample parking. Whether you drive or take the train, please consult a map to ensure that your timing and transportation needs can be met.
You must take this course in conjunction with the following courses:
- LAW 0536 (Environmental Law)
- LAW 0684 (Natural Resources)